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Ode To Gravity: Frank Zappa: World Affairs Commentator

Published April 15, 1991

Host Charles Amirkhanian talks with musician and world activist Frank Zappa live by telephone. Discussion includes the state of world politics and culture from the viewpoint of one of the United States most provocative and original speakers. At the time this recording was made in April 1991, Zappa was exploring the possibility of running for president of the United States, and he discusses his views on the first Persian Gulf War, the legacy of George H. W. Bush, and the possibility of having John Cage or Noam Chomsky in his cabinet. A phone-in segment enabled callers to speak with Zappa directly to pose questions on topics of significant interest. Also, the intergalactic premiere of Zappa’s arrangement of Ravel’s “Bolero”, performed by the 12-piece 1988 Zappa Band and found on the CD, “The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life”. (from KPFA Folio)

Run time 58 min


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Reviewer: Hutchoo - - March 11, 2010
Subject: Remember Frank really cared!
Cheney, bailouts, Iraq, wait a minute, this was 1991! Not only was this man one of the most brilliant musicians on the planet, his politics were bang on. He did not use the word "internet" but his description of educational experiences needed to save the system was prophetic (no religious connotation intended). Curiously I listened to both Bolero and Spike Jones yesterday. Too bad tobacco was his favourite vegetable - the chemicals he consumed probably hastened his demise. Thank you I.A. for providing this portal.
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